MJA CAMs criticism misguided: Gibson


Complementary Medicines Australia says it’s disappointed by the “misguided” approach in a recent editorial published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The editorial, Pharmacists selling CAM doesn’t wash, attempts to dismiss the proven benefits of complementary medicines, CMA says, and “completely fails to acknowledge the significant and every-growing body of research that exists to support these products”.

“With two out of three people using complementary medicines, it will be a huge shame for Australian consumers if this type of one-sided approach influences the recognition of the very real contribution that complementary medicines can make to health, wellness and people-centred health care through appropriate integration into health systems,” says Carl Gibson, CEO of CMA.

“Recent reports have indicated that selected complementary medicines are both highly efficacious and cost effective, especially in the prevention and management of chronic conditions”

He cites a 2014 Frost & Sullivan report, ‘Targeted Use of Complementary Medicines: Potential Health Outcomes and Cost Savings in Australia,’ which he says shows robust links between several of the more well-known complementary medicines with reduced risk of a secondary disease event among high-risk groups, and with major potential healthcare cost savings.

“This sort of approach negates the ability of health professionals to participate in putting the patient at the centre of care by declaring that the use of an entire practice of health management is ‘unethical’,” says Gibson.

“If it shows anything at all, the editorial highlights the fact that some fringe practitioners fall short of the cohesive and integrative approach that will ultimately allow consumers to access complementary medicines in an effective, safe and respectful manner.”

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  1. craig wainwright
    22/03/2016

    Again another broad swipe at non pharmaceutical based medicine. Integrative medicine as practised by some doctors and broadly by Naturopaths, would rarely include homeopathy.

    For example prescribing of Iodine for hypothyroidism would qualify as alternative medicine because GPs don’t prescribe it, despite the fact the Iodine deficiency has been shown to be widespread in population studies.Along with the the routine recommended in pregnancy due to this widespread deficiency (you cannot make thyroxine without Iodine!) It’s actually time that medicine realised that it’s practise is basically confined to pharmaceuticals and procedures and actively excludes well researched solutions not based on these. Decades of promoting LDL lowering as the answer to CVD has been shown to be pointless unless it is accompanied by a lowering of inflammation ( hs-CRP ). This fact has been well established since middle of last decade, but very few GPs measure this!. Regards Craig Wainwright Qualified and practising Pharmacist & Naturopath

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